Flyer to print out and share: CLOUT_ROUND_October_2013
Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27
DUE TO COURSE PREPARATION: Saturday - Practice 2pm --- score 3pm. Sunday - Practice 9:00 am --- 11:00 Score
Shoot one day or shoot both days, pick your best score
Hosted by TSAA
On the site of the State Field and National Field Championship at Eagle Lake. After entering the property, stay on the main road, pass the LODGE and look for the painted arrow-pointers that was used to guide you around the field course. Barring a rain-out, cars should be able to drive to the back field where the clout is held. If not, park near the LODGE and cell me. Someone "might" come out and pick you up. No porta potty but plenty of trees and the ladies can use the facilities at the LODGE.
185 meters for Compound Men
165 meters for Compound Women, Recurve Men and Barebow Men
125 meters for Recurve Women and Barebow Women and Cadet Classes
110 meters for all Cub and Bowman
(adjustments are made for anyone not able to reach their intended distance)
Juniors shoot the adult distances
Fee is $5. Max $20 for families. No awards. Pay on site and let me know you are attending.
On going seminar is available for newbies.
Tournament Director is Rick Stonebraker. 4-time National Clout champion and former record holder.
A water barrel and Powerade mix will be provided on the field. Encouraged to bring shade and anything else you need to last the day. Water, bug spray, etc. October should be nice, watch the weather reports.
The CLOUT is a white triangular flag affixed to a wooden pole in the center of the clout circle. Each ring is 1.5 meters (4 foot 11 inches) from the center of the circle measured outward. The center circle is 3 meters in diameter (9 feet 10 inches). The five scoring rings are 5 for the center and 4,3,2 and 1 point. After practice, the event will begin will all archers on the shooting line. Each archer has four minutes to loose (shoot) their six arrows.
While walking to the scoring circles, great care is taken to watch where you walk as errant arrows will be in your path way. Even if they are not your arrows, pull them out of the ground in the same direction they went in and gently stick them vertically in the air so the owner will find them. After everyone has looked over the scoring circles and located all their arrows, scoring will begin. Designated archers will enter the circles, collect all the arrows in their assigned circle and place in a neat pile to be identified.
Scoring: When an archers name is called, they enter the circle, pick up their arrows and call out the value of each arrow as they pick them up, starting from the highest value (hopefully fives). Two people keep score. When the values are agreed upon, the next archers name is called.
The Ancient Practice of CLOUT SHOOTING
by Cliff Huntingdon
The term clout shooting is derived from the act of shooting at a clout. The clout itself is nothing more than any mark, historically white and in its most simple form, a small white rag. This is accomplished at long ranges, customarily between 9 score and 12 score yards. The event dates back to the first Elizabeth and has been practiced in varying form for many years and is an "old English form of competitive archery at a single mark."
Clout shooting probably evolved out of a need to train archers "to shoot to a length." The English were not disposed to willingly practice and maintain a degree of proficiency as is sometimes portrayed in verse and cinema. Without the compulsory week-end practice as was commonly dictated by law, skills necessary to successfully fend off aggression in defense of land and life were quickly lost. The English had to be forced to practice. From these forced sessions clout shooting was developed as the means to mass huge numbers of arrows to a common point. Archers provided a primitive yet highly effective form of artillery and history would record in graphic detail it's effectiveness. During The Hundred Years War, the outcome of battles at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt would certainly have been different without the massed firepower of these ancient archers.
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